End Citizens United Protects Johnson’s Amendment From Conservative Attacks
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The many different amendments to U.S. law can often be controversial but one has remained in place since 1954 when Senator and future President Lyndon Johnson introduced his own amendment banning charitable groups from providing financial support to political candidates and parties. Becoming known as Johnson’s Amendment, the law gives the Internal Revenue Service the power to remove the tax-exempt status of Churches, charities, and universities if they are shown to flaunted this campaign financing rule; End Citizens United reveals the law passed largely without opposition to its first reading in Congress and has remained on the law books ever since.
In recent years, as the power of the evangelical right has grown the Johnson Amendment has begun to be questioned by conservative politicians who would benefit from relaxing the rules on campaign contributions made to their political activities. End Citizens United has been following the latest attempts to repeal the power of Johnson’s Amendment with great interest as a whole host of stealth attacks have been made on the law by conservative lawmakers hoping to add clauses to legislation bringing an end to this effective finance rule.
President Johnson was a Senator when he feared the murky world of political donations could be affected in a negative way by charitable and church groups allowing a large number of tax-exemptions to be claimed on a single donation. Johnson included Churches, charities, and universities in the Amendment which took the power to fund political election campaigns out of the hands of charitable groups and instead maintained the grassroots nature of the election financing rules then in place.
End Citizens United is fighting to raise awareness of the changing nature of campaign financing rules which have been attacked by Republican lawmakers and the President of the United States over the course of 2017. President Trump has already signed an Executive Order calling for the IRS to ignore tax-exempt Church groups flouting Johnson’s Amendment and not remove their tax-exempt status as Johnson’s Amendment calls for. A partial repeal of Johnson’s Amendment has also been included as a clause in the recently introduced tax reform bill of 2017 which would exempt charitable Church groups from the rules of the exemption. End Citizens United believes the fact these changes have been introduced using stealth tactics highlights the way public opinion would not support an outright vote on repealing the amendment.
The End Citizens United group has been extremely active on various social media platforms including Facebook where the groups show is patriotism with themes and photos featuring the American flag. Videos produced by End Citizens United also show the united front of people of all ages working together to show their support for the cause of overturning the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United. Check more:https://actionnetwork.org/groups/end-citizens-united